SCI at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum

9:45 AM on Mar 28, 2022


Solar Cookers International hosted a virtual event at this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum.  

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Speakers included:  

  • Mary Frank, artist and activist 

  • Esther Wang'ombe, Senior Deputy Director, Renewable Energy, Kenyan Ministry of Energy 

  • Dr. Dan Kammen, Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  

  • Rocío Maldonado, SCI Global Advisor 

  • Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist, and activist 

  • Alan Bigelow, Ph.D., SCI Science Director 

  • Mindy Fox, SCI Special Projects Manager 

  • Caitlyn Hughes, SCI Executive Director 

SCI believes it is especially important to elevate voices from around the world. Sometimes this brings about technical difficulties which can make it harder to hear some speakers. We understand this but believe in sharing these opportunities. Esther Wang'ombe, Senior Deputy Director with the Kenyan Ministry of Energy shared the importance of solar cooking and the many health benefits it has such as preventing burns and reducing exposure to smoke which can cause preventable illnesses. Esther also shared ideas on creating solar cooking pilot projects so that more regions that lack energy can have access to clean cooking. She emphasized the important role that women must have in strengthening community solutions for initiatives to be successful. 

Approximately 2.4 billion people cook over open fires around the globe and women and girls carry the greatest burdens of this cooking method. Gathering fuel and cooking over open fires increases the risks of rape, premature deaths, burns, and disability. Solar cooking frees women from those burdens with an affordable, healthy, sustainable, off-grid solution. SCI advocates for the adoption of solar cooking to empower women and their families to live healthier and more sustainable lives while alleviating climate change.  

Please enjoy watching this informative and inspiring discussion and share it with anyone who you think may be interested.  Thank you.